In addition to the anniversaries of the three German constitutions of 1849, 1919 and 1949, the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Iron Curtain in 2019 plays a particularly important role. The end of the Cold War has provoked revolutionary changes for our society, not just for Germany but for all of Europe.


Current challenges are putting Europe and the social cohesion repeatedly to the test: It is not only since the issue of asylum policy has gained topicality that right-wing parties are on the rise and there are many additional reasons to reflect on the past and its influence on today’s society.


We do not want to merely leave it at the actions of memory and reflection. We want our words and thoughts to be followed by actions towards shaping our future, jointly developing solution strategies relating to how Europe can face challenges and become stronger together.

The session in Hamburg has taken on these three fields of action. Historic connections to current political questions will enable the participants to critically assess and address European pasts. All of the specific committee topics have been developed with this theme in mind. Each topic addresses a current challenge faced within European politics yet is also informed by connections to historical events raising the overarching questions of what and how we can learn from our shared pasts. Only by engaging in controversial yet also constructive discussions can we learn from our pasts and develop new strategies for the future of Europe.

2019 marks the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Iron Curtain. Bearing the increasing popularity of right-wing populist parties and public hate speeches in various Member States of the European Union in mind how can basic democratic rights such as freedom of expression and the right of assembly be protected? Which responsibility do European citizens have to actively engage with democracy? And which possibilities for political engagement exist on a day-to-day basis and are they sufficient?

Alongside the protection of basic democratic rights and political engagement various other topics also invite a reflection upon past events, thus the relations between trade and development aid in Africa or the new NATO location for the Baltic Sea area belong to potential topics that will be discussed during the 91st international session.

The event in Hamburg is supported by:

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Gefördert mit Mitteln der Bundesstiftung zur Aufarbeitung der SED-Diktatur


The Schwarzkopf Foundation is the international umbrella organisation of the European Youth Parliament (EYP). EYP Germany is a National Committee in the EYP network.

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